Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Two chicks confirmed for Tompkins Square hawks

Two chicks are confirmed for Tompkins Square Park red-tails, Christo and Amelia. Could there be a third? We'll have to wait and see.

Hatch was noted on April 20, although it's possible hatching could have started earlier. Since then, the parents have been observed feeding at the nest, but I have been unable to see any babies until today.

Below, Amelia feeds a bright red piece of something to a fuzzy white chick.

Amelia feeds her chick

Nom! Nom! Nom!

Amelia feeds her chick

The second chick is barely visible to the left of the one in the foreground. Its dark beak can be seen to the left of the vertical stick that is poking up towards Amelia's chest.

2nd chick barely visible on left 

This nest is deeper than the one the hawks used last year, so it's been difficult to see what's going on up there. As the chicks grow and get curious, we should be able to get better views of them peering over the edge.

So far, all seems well for this hawk family.


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